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Golden American Idol done and some

460 - 3" nine patches!  That's all it took to make this quilt.  That's a lot but I love this quilt.  Almost all the fabrics have metallic in it, hence the name Golden American Idol.  The pattern, Idol Results, is from the January-February 2013 Fon's & Porter magazine - the pattern designer is Mark Lipinski.  I started collecting these fabrics at the Houston International Quilt show six years ago.  It's just taken this long to get motivated to start it.  (I have a lot of those.)

Our local/regional quilt show Best of the Valley was this past weekend.  I won two ribbons!!!!  A second place for my Halo Medallion and an honorable mention on my Glamorous Twirly Balls quilt.  I entered my material girls challenge quilt but didn't get a ribbon on that.  I love reading the judges comments.  I see what they mean and will work on some of the things they suggest for next year. 

It was a nice show.  I didn't buy too much they had some nice vendors too. 

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Guild BOM Winner Quilt

Last month at guild I won 29 of these split 9 patch blocks.  I decided to quickly put a few together and make a charity quilt.  This is what I came up  I did have to re-do a couple blocks (1/4" too small) and I had to make 7 additional blocks.  Luckily it was scrappy and the red which was the square they gave us to make the blocks was an easy color for me to match in my stash. 

A co-worker's daughter is graduating high school this year and is taking a European trip this April so I decided to make her early graduation gifts.

A t-shirt in her favorite color.  Embroidering that was a bugger - it was a little too big for the shirt and I had hair clips to hold the shirt back (saw it on a tutorial) and they ended up blocking the movement - so the countries aren't actually 'finished'.  She also was talking to her mom about a back-pack and I said she needs to keep her money closer to her and she said she refuses to use a fanny pack so I made this little bag for her.

Orange Creamsicle

In April 2018 I took a Bonnie Hunter Class in Bakersfield.   It was a Jamestown Landing quilt - and I finally finished it this week.

I custom quilted it but you really can't tell in the photo.  I like how it turned out and can't wait to put it on my bed in the summer.  It takes a lot of half square triangles which I did a lot of them as leaders-enders.  I'm glad it's done.  I will be taking another Bonnie class this summer so another scrap buster coming up. 

I've also finished these other tops that I started in Cambria last month. 

A simple little baby quilt with Minkee backing --probably donate to our guild boutique.

I finished the heart quilt.  Did feather hearts in each heart and straight-lined quilting in the sashing area.   Kept it pretty simple and I finished it on Valentine's Day!!!

I'm still working on the Moda Blockheads 2 - here's a picture of the latest blocks. 
Just a couple more weeks and then all the blocks will be done.  I can't wait …

10 Days of Quilting

And things got made!

I finished quilting and binding my Good Fortune quilt.
This is my friend Janice Minyard's quilt next to mine.  Color makes the difference in the quilt.  Hard to tell they are the same.

I didn't leave the house much, but I did get out to see the elephant seals.  They were all there with their babies.
And we ate.  My friend Deo came for the last weekend and made a beautiful charcuterie array.
I hope we'll be able to do this again next year.  We might be selling the house so it may not be possible.  But if it's still ours, I will definitely do this again.

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Goals done are great - dreaming about new goals is fun.

I make annual goals here on my blog and as usual, I go through and check which goals I finished that year.  Here's a link to my goals for 2018.  6 of my 10 goals are done. 

Circle of Illusion - haven't touched it.
Orca Bay - haven't touched it
Twirly Balls - Done
Rainbow Nest - Done
Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery - Done
On Ringo Lake - Done
Jamestown Landing - half done
The Quilt Show Halo Medallion - Done
Local guild mystery - Done, made 2
Use up a fat quarter pack - I cut 2 up for this years' Bonnie Hunter mystery and also for the Blockheads 2 block of the week.

Here are my goals for this next year. 

2018 - A year in review

You never think you do a lot until you try to put all the pictures together at the end of the year and then think to yourself, I did a ton of stuff!

And the ornament exchange between my siblings.  We have to make a home made ornament for the siblings.  The older kids also get an ornament instead of money or other gifts now.  Welcome to adulthood.  :)
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Tomorrow I will work on my 2019 goals and a review of how I did with my 2018 goals. 

Annual Material Girl Challenge Quilts and some Good Fortune

My friendship group has an annual challenge.  It's not a requirement to participate.  This year the people who signed up exchanged 20 Flying Geese blocks to each person who signed up.  There were 10 of us.  We had to have the geese done in the Spring when we met and then we have until our Christmas party to put the quilt together.  We had our Christmas party this past Saturday.  Here is my quilt.   

See all those 2" squares in the border (finished at 1.5")?  I thought for sure my shoebox filled with those squares would be empty after I finished.  But it didn't even make a dent. 

Here's our annual group shot.  We missed all those who couldn't be with us this year. 

I've also been working on the Bonnie Hunter mystery Good Fortune.  Here are my first 2 clues.

I cut way too many strips on the second clue here.  Hopefully I'll be able to use them in the future clues.  I don't have a lot of the fabrics.  (Neutrals yes, but not the blue.)

Anyway, my litt…